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Me and Orson Welles 2009 123movies

Me and Orson Welles 2009 123movies

If you want to discover life learn from the masterNov. 25, 2009114 Min.
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Watch: Me and Orson Welles 2008 123movies, Full Movie Online – In November 1937, high school student and aspiring thespian Richard Samuels takes a day trip into New York City. There, he meets and begins a casual friendship with Gretta Adler, their friendship based on a shared love and goal of a profession in the creative arts. But also on this trip, Richard stumbles across the Mercury Theatre and meets Orson Welles, who, based on an impromptu audition, offers Richard an acting job as Lucius in his modern retelling of Julius Caesar, which includes such stalwart Mercury Theatre players as Joseph Cotten and George Coulouris. Despite others with official roles as producer John Houseman, this production belongs to Welles, the unofficial/official dictator. In other words, whatever Welles wants, the cast and crew better deliver. These requests include everything, even those of a sexual nature. Welles does not believe in conventions and will do whatever he wants, which includes not having a fixed opening date, although the unofficial opening date is in one week’s time. In turn, Welles realizes that his name will either be strengthened or ruined in the theater community by this production. Richard is taken under the wing by the production’s Jane-of-All-Trades, Sonja Jones. Known as the Ice Queen by the male cast, Sonja deflects much of the unwanted sexual attention by jokingly implying that she and Richard are having a fling, which Richard wants nothing more than to be the truth. As the end of the week and opening night approaches, Richard, having seen Welles’ behavior, has to decide if acting in this production is worth it at any cost..
Plot: New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles’ production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.
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Just when you thought Linklater’s body of work couldn’t get any more erratic…
Me and Orson Welles is a wonderful story of a young boy (Efron)whose only acting experience is in high school musicals (ha! See what they did there) who manages to get a small part in Orson Welles’ (Adam McKay) 1937 production of Julius Caesar. The film follows the volatile relationship between Orson and his company. He is a madman, a selfish, arrogant user and an absolute genius. He knows how the politics of show-business and he knows people, and how to play them. However, for all his antics, he is powerfully charismatic and it seems generally accepted that he is a genius.

Christian McKay’s performance here as Orson Welles is wonderfully broad as he goes through every one of Orson Welles persona’s with equal relish. He is snappy and arrogant but at the same time warm enough to earn some affection so when he lets a character down, you feel just as played yourself. The rest of the cast were great too. Zac Efron does his best here to leap from Disney heartthrob to leading man, and I personally thought he was solid and likable, with just enough of a sparkle in his eye and just enough skill to keep it there.

Overall this film has a charming story, which ends on such a high note I didn’t know whether to smile or cry. It also boasts a very strong cast and most importantly a sweet disposition that stayed with me for a good half hour after the credits rolled.

Review By: chaaa
Welles lives
Orson Welles is alive and well and residing in the body of British actor Christian McKay! McKay is simply stunning here as Welles – the look, the eye-brow, the mannerisms, the bounce, the voice – never have i seen Welles, as a character, better done. Many have tried few have succeeded (although i have a soft spot for Vincent D’Onofrio’s Welles-cameo in Ed Wood.

The same can be said in general for Richard Linklater’s film in terms of featuring Welles and using the whole “putting on a show” theatrical device. I didn’t like Oliver Parker’s Fade To Black with Danny Huston hamming Welles. RKO 281 was solid and Tim Robbins’ Cradle Will Rock was a noble, if unsatisfyingly drear effort. Aided by McKay’s towering achievement, a (mostly) superb supporting cast and a deft lightness Linklater has delivered his best film in years.

To my mind he can be hit (Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise) and miss (A Scanner Darkly, Fast Food Nation), but this is firmly in the hit category.

Other non-Welles films, such as Kenneth Branagh’s In The Bleak Mid-Winter, have failed in their attempts to have fun at “putting on a show” format because they are too in love with moments that have that “you just had to be there” element. Christopher Guest made a go of it in Waiting For Guffman, but then he was mocking the pretensions so many others embrace as part of the scene. Somehow McKay’s (as Welles) enormous personality and Linklater’s breezy “makes it look so easy” style make you feel like you are there in Me & Orson Welles and it works to great effect – tantalising the viewer with moments and flashes of the play to come without giving it to you until the right time. The ‘Me’ of the title really becomes the viewer. You are swept along me both filmmaker and Orson (and it really does feel like Orson. After a few moments i never doubted the Linklater had somehow resurrected Welles and saddled him with Zac Efron!) And this brings me the film’s one real problem (and surely a marketing nightmare for the distributors!) Now i’m no Efron hater, i haven’t seen any of the HSM movies, but he was fine in both Hairspray and 17 Again but here he has to register in a fantastic ensemble of actors and he simply doesn’t. Admittedly he is hamstrung a little by the role. Since the story and Linklater’s direction make the viewer feel like ‘Me’ observing Welles as he creates his legendary production of Julius Caesar and the Mercury theatre company it is easy to kind of forget about Efron’s Richard, or at least to dismiss him as Welles so often does. He just makes no impression at all. He’s not bad he’s just not really significant.

This leads to the inevitable problem that as we reach the films final act, once the play is done and Welles is off screen you feel like the movie is over. You’ve seen everything there is to see here, it is time to move along. But no, because Efron’s story is unresolved so we get another 10 minutes of him and his ending. But you simply don’t care. Once McKay/Welles had gone off with his supporting cast the movie was over, it just didn’t know it! Amongst the supporting cast Claire Danes continues in display as easy charm, effortlessly likable and curiously beautiful in her quirky angular way. Zoe Kazan (last seen in Revolutionary Road) is a delight as the underused other woman in Efron’s life (although if she’d been used more it would have meant more Efron, less Welles so maybe that’s a blessing in disguise). James Tupper is excellent as Joseph Cotten, a great match for McKay’s Welles. If they ever (God forbid) remake The Third Man they have the cast! Ben Chaplin is also marvellous as George Couloris. I’m constantly impressed by Chaplin and have no idea why he isn’t a bigger name. Kelly Reilly doesn’t have much to do but look gorgeous, which, naturally, she does with ease. Eddie Marsan seems miscast as John Houseman. I like Marsan but he didn’t fit the bill for me here.

Ultimately this is McKay’s show. He gives an electrifying performance at the center of a movie that while it is about Welles efforts to put on Julius Caesar is a charming, funny and swift-paced joy; but unfortunately it also has to make space for Zac Efron and his own storyline and there-in lie the flaws.

How you market this i don’t know! I can’t imagine Efron fans getting excited about a film set in the 1930s about the creation of an historic theatrical production staged by a man who’s been dead for 25 years! And on the flipside i nearly didn’t see it because i dismissed it, on first awareness, as a Zac Efron movie and so not for me. Only on a second invitation did i notice it was directed by Linklater (always interesting, if not always successful) which charged my want to see it.

Ultimately though if you want to see it because you’re an Efron fan, well go see it because your guy’s in it and because you’ll get to see something a bit different from what you’re used it. And maybe you’ll like it. If you’re not an Efron fan, never fear, you can all but forget he’s there and just enjoy Linklater at his breezy best and the best performance of Welles on screen since the great man departed this earth (and took possession of McKay!)

Review By: motta80-2

Other Information:

Original Title Me and Orson Welles
Release Date 2009-11-25
Release Year 2008

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min), 1 hr 47 min (107 min) (Toronto International) (Canada)
Budget 25000000
Revenue 2336172
Status Released
Rated PG-13
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Richard Linklater
Writer Robert Kaplow, Holly Gent, Vincent Palmo Jr.
Actors Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay
Country United Kingdom, Isle of Man, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award5 wins & 27 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras
Laboratory DeLuxe
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI)

Me and Orson Welles 2009 123movies
Me and Orson Welles 2009 123movies
Original title Me and Orson Welles
TMDb Rating 6.348 168 votes

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